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14 April 2020
Research Roundup: 14 April 2020
01 July 2019
The Grattan Institute has recently published several research papers relating to Australia’s superannuation industry. In particular, it has concluded that most Australians can look forward to a better living standard in retirement than they had while working.
03 June 2019
Mandatory superannuation contributions have grown from the original 3% Award contributions of the 1980s to a target 12% in 2025.Yet, there has been little integrated analysis of the “right level” of SG contributions, nor any strategic work on the impact of various levels of the SG on the economy, future government expenditure and member retirement outcomes.
21 May 2019
AIST commission Essential Media to conduct research into the decision-making process of Australians who are in retail for-profit funds.
10 April 2019
AIST has commissioned SuperRatings to examine the differences in fees and returns of profit-to-member funds compared with for-profit funds run mainly by banks.
23 November 2018
This paper reviews the evidence on the implications of the gaps and exemptions for the governance and performance outcomes of the Australian superannuation industry and focuses upon the causes of poor member outcomes. The remedy of a new regulatory architecture for the superannuation sector and refocusing of institutions and products upon the long-term interests of beneficiaries is compelling.
29 June 2018
AIST has commissioned SuperRatings to update what consumers are getting from profit-to-member funds compared with for-profit funds run mainly by banks.
16 March 2018
Negative gearing allows taxpayers to borrow money to buy an asset and deduct any losses made against their taxable income. While negative gearing can be used to buy assets other than real estate – such as equities – property investments account for the vast majority of tax write-offs.
08 March 2018
The gender gap in superannuation savings results from the inequalities which women face over their lifetime. Karen Volpato is AIST’s senior policy advisor and says the gender superannuation savings gap is not only about superannuation.
21 November 2017
The AIST Gender Diversity report reveals that many superannuation funds are taking positive steps towards achieving gender diversity and implementing changes to ensure each gender is equally supported, and able to thrive within the organisation.